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Allegheny County Labor Council will host its 30th consecutive parade downtown

09.02.11

Join Your Friends and Neighbors in the Labor Day Parade
by Pat O’Malley

On Monday September 5, Americans will observe the 130th Labor Day celebration. The Allegheny County Labor Council will host its 30th consecutive parade downtown.

Pittsburgh’s parade is one of the largest Labor Day events in the United States, with nearly 200 groups and 80,000 people participating. Everything good about your standard of living came to you through the organized labor movement. First celebrated by the Knights of Labor in 1882, Congress proclaimed a national holiday in 1894.

While labor unions have always celebrated Labor Day, many people are still confused about their purpose. The first unions arose in the middle ages, as artisans from the various skilled trades formed “guilds” to represent their common interests. They were stonemasons, carpenters, weavers, teamsters, and others. The old guilds gradually disbanded, but the idea didn’t die. Unions resurfaced in the mid nineteenth century, after the American Civil War.

They continued to grow, especially during the 1930s. By 1960, one-third of all American workers belonged to a union. Union membership declined from the late 1970s through the 1980s due to national political, economic, and social conditions. Now, only about 13% of working Americans belong to a union. You can trace the rise and fall of the American middle class with the rise and fall of labor union membership…..

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DELAWARE LABOR DAY PARADE & RALLY

09.02.11

DELAWARE LABOR DAY PARADE & RALLY

Monday, September 5, 2011

Public Welcome

Parade Starts at: 10:00 A.M.

Assembly begins at 8:30A.M.

Where:12th 8c King Street, Wilmington

Free Parking-Bus Station Lot

Rally: After Parade

Tubman-Garrett Parks

Contact: 302-283-1330